In the other Portland – that would be Portland, Maine – city councilors are considering adopting an ordinance that would mandate paid sick leave benefits for workers at the expense of all employers. Under the current draft of the law, all employees – full-time, part-time and seasonal – would have the right to earn up to six days of paid sick leave per year. An initial public hearing was held on the proposal, drafted by the Southern Maine Workers Center in conjunction with the Maine Women’s Lobby, earlier this week. It is also on the agenda of the Portland Health and Human Services Committee for their next meeting on May 8. A different effort is underway in Dallas, Texas, where so-called “citizens groups” are trying to collect the signatures necessary to put a paid sick leave question on the ballot. Advocates must collect 65,000 valid voter signatures and submit them for verification by June 11 in order for the ballot petition to move forward. Should it get to the ballot and prevail in November, employees in Dallas would earn at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to either 6 or 8 days depending on the size of the employer.